DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft: OíBrienís in San Diego, CA) Compared side-by-side with Pliny the Elder, and I think the young whippersnapper is schooliní the old man. This is a very flavorful brew, big, very bitter, grapefruit-like citrus, but also quite fruity with an apparent sweet, orange citrus flavor. Aromatic grapefruit/hoppy nose is bigger, sweeter, fruitier and more balanced than the Elder. Thick, sticky, very sweet palate like a barleywine, but with a strong bitter bite to balance it out. Dark golden in color and a bit hazy in appearance. The occasional large carbonation bubble speeds to the surface. The off-white head fades to an island of sheen. Overall, I am very impressed with this beer, though Iíve tempered my praise just a bit by comparing it with a YuleSmith, and that certainly put things in perspective.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden hazy hue with a small frothy white head with nice lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, a little citrus/lemon notes. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice lingering sweetness. with not that much depth. Flavors of mint, pine, honey and finishing with soap. This is a decent beer but isnít a hop lovers wet dream, not unlike the DFH 120 min IPA.....
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 People who call their beers "triple IPAs" should be shot for being corny losers. Sorry Vinny, but you just went too far. I have a degree in marketing and Iím keen to these things, and yes, calling this a triple IPA is retarded. Especially since the only thing its over the top in, is sweetness. Anyway, its got a lacey head atop an amber body..a piney, cakeish, and thick aroma...the body exceptionally full and satisfying but overbalanced and sweet with such a firm malt background that there really isnít even enough bitterness..the hops have flavor yes, which is quite nice in fact, but the bitterness is missing and thatís just wierd roundí here. Itís like a double IPA for non hopheads.. Is that what a triple IPA is? Remind me to stay away from those. Sorry, Im being a bit harsh..it aint that bad...its just not something you would call a triple IPA.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Hollingshead Deli. Kenny only got a 5 gallon keg of this hop monster and Iím sure heís already kicking himself for not getting more. Honey colored brew raising a huge white head. Nose is just in your face hops which is how it should be! Flavor is rolling between piney hops and tropical fruit notes. I got peach, grapefruit,mango,pineapple and some bitter orange.Fairly well balanced and hides the 11% expertly.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at lupulin slam: Bright orange color. Tons of hops in the nose - grapefruit, bubblegum, citrus, herbs. Flavor is hops, salt, citrus, apricots, lemon, yeast. Light to medium bodied.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bit hazy, gold-copper. Hoppy, citric, and herbal sweet nose. Flavor quite sweet, then dry and bitter. Similar to 120 minute IPA, trying to make a bigger IIPA has just made another really, really sweet beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden-orange. Quite herbal up front then some sweetness and citrus. The flavor is less herbal though it is still present. Reminded me a bit of catnip. Strong but not overpowering bitterness throughout. Syrupy full body with a dry finsih. Nice enough, but in lesser hands this is a bona-fide disaster waiting to happen. Where are we headed?
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden body with white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, herbal, some butter, caramel. Medium-full body, some syrup.